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June 10th, 2013
02:57 PM ET

"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Joshua Cooke on America's assualt weapon problem, killing his parents, and what experts think of his exclusive interview

Whether you fell asleep early, stayed out too late, or simply want to watch it again, we realize it's not always possible to get your entire "Piers Morgan Live" fix from television. As an answer to this, we offer the below labor of love – "Piers Morgan Live, Rewind" – dedicated and designed to getting you caught up and connected to the conversation.

  • Assault Weapon Availability: Joshua Cooke glad he didn't have an AR-15

On Friday evening, "Piers Morgan Live" featured a fascinating interview with an imprisoned Joshua Cooke, the man who murdered his parents in 2003.

Speaking from a jail cell in Virginia, Cooke offered insight into America's gun problem, specifically the availability of high-powered, high caliber firearms:

"If I had an assault weapon, things would have been much worse. And I thank God I didn't have an AR-15 or some other type of assault weapon because the way I was back then mentally, I would have gone to the mall that night or to one of my old high schools the next morning and killed as many people as I possibly could," revealed Cooke. "Because I didn't have an assault weapon, that didn't happen. So I thank God I didn't have one of those things, and the gun does matter."

  • The Night He Killed

As part of a jailhouse interview, on Friday Joshua Cooke described the "sensation" he was experiencing when he shot his parents to death more than a decade ago:

"I had no emotion at all. I was basically like a zombie. I went down the steps and I shot my mother. She was sitting in this chair. They had a computer. She had spun around and I shot her and, it grazed her chest. I turned and looked over at my father. He was at the other computer. And he dove under the table and I shot him about seven times underneath the table," Cooke told Piers Morgan. "I was numb. There had been so many years of hurt from mother's abuse and bullying, rejection from girls, all types of things like that, I just - I didn't care about anything anymore."

Having fired multiple times on his father, Moore went back to his room to reload his weapon:

"I came back down at the top of the stairs above the basement. And my mother was standing there at the bottom of the steps. And she looked at me and she had her hands like this at her chest. And she said, 'What are you doing, Joshua? Why did you do this?' And I loaded the gun, I pointed it at her face and I shot her in the face. I walked down the steps, I stepped over her body and I shot my father in the head one more time. And then, I walked back upstairs, set the gun down, I grabbed a Coke and drank it and then called the police."

  • Inside the Mind of a Killer

Following Morgan's exclusive interview with Cooke, the CNN host inited a panel of mental health and crime experts to offer their insights.

"What really struck me and I have seen this in other cases involving people with serious mental illness and it appears he has schizophrenia from previous diagnoses, he's sort of cobbling together the story this many years later," noted Xavier Amador, the founder of the Leap Institute. "The prosecution theory that this was rage and anger, the defense theory this was mental illness and yet, when you asked him what were you thinking that night, he really didn't have an answer for you. He really didn't understand. I think that was a function of a broken brain."

Watch the rest of the above clip to hear author Cheryl Olson, and Criminology professor James Alan Fox, each offer their opinions as to the role violent video games, and previous mass shootings, may play in influencing the behaviors of certain factions of America's youth.

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  1. Larry Moniz

    How much longer do we have to listen to Piers Morgan's anti-gun bigotry on CNN? According to past media reports he was one of Rupert Murdock's leading editors back when British law and ethics was being routinely disregarded by significant segments of the Murdock organization's editors and reporters. Since his other major credential appears, to me at least, to be as a judge on the entertainment show "America's Got Talent, I seriously question his qualifications to expound on American law and ethics. As a journalist and publicist for 45 years, I find it personally insulting that he's in a position to deliberately voice his personal opinions and spin, often passing them off as fact rather that unsubstantiated supposing. Just my opinion, but as a long time CNN viewer, more and more, I'm finding less that's worth watch on CNN.

    June 10, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Griff

    "You've lost the plot, Pierse and are playing into the Authors dreams of iluding just about any he/she wants to play game with. Read the last page and you will find you've been hadd!"

    June 10, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Griff

    "The (Old) Skin-heads in Britain are just waiting to re alight their past parents belifes, and you're suppying the kindle required. You've heard them just like me! A soldier was murdered in Cold Blood on the streets, and if Britain suddeenly burst into flames, It because of Muslim Osama Obama, and his prying into their privacy. Are you really so nieve Pierse?? CNN keep saying Britain don't like you, yet you play into Obama hands??"

    June 10, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    "Pierse! I only had to pick a carbon Ribbon out of the waste basket, and I could read everything the typist had written.
    HYou'de be sjurprised hosw many old Floppy Discs do the same. I bought mine in a Thrift store, and they're loded with info."

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